Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Nearly 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. Students work closely with a devoted faculty of distinguished teacher-scholars. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


The admissions process can seem daunting but we have streamlined our application process to make it easy for you to apply. 
•    Review our application deadlines.
•    Understand what we need to complete your application file and explore whether submitting test scores is the right choice.
•    Learn more about what our admissions committee is looking for.


Transfer students make up a large part of the College of Charleston student body. Each year, we welcome many students from other institutions as well as those with military backgrounds. Whatever your reasons for transferring to the College might be, you’ll find lots of students like you on campus. 

If you are a transfer student you must apply using the College of Charleston application instead of the Common App. Learn more about transferring to the College of Charleston today.

Additional Information

To get an idea of the costs of attending the College of Charleston, view our current Cost of Attendance site for tuition and fees. 

Our Net Price Calculator allows you to estimate the typical expenses as a full time undergraduate student at the College of Charleston. The budget calculator will be useful to all other students.

Our Financial Aid office can answer questions you have about financing your College of Charleston education, including:

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Voted America's Most Beautiful Campus by Travel + Leisure, the College of Charleston is a must-see! We recommend that you schedule your visit at least two weeks prior to visiting campus. Or, check out our virtual tour right now!

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66 George St
Charleston, SC 29424, United States of America

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